Aaron Kiesler advises Lewis-Burke clients on a variety of federal policy and research areas with a primary focus on the Department of Defense (DOD) and national security agencies, as well as issues pertaining to intellectual property, technology transfer, economic development, and biomedical research. Aaron closely monitors legislative hearings and actions, federal agency meetings, and think tank events for issues that may benefit or impact clients. He also works with Lewis-Burke clients and faculty to identify areas where their research aligns with emerging federal policymaking initiatives and is responsible for tracking personnel and programmatic changes in the science and technology enterprise, including at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and military Service laboratories. Aaron’s academic background in diplomacy and world affairs shapes his perspective on the impact of new technologies on U.S. national security policies, practices, and supporting laws. Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Aaron is intimately familiar with the social and economic value that scientific and technological innovation contribute to economic growth and competitiveness.
Issue Areas: Defense and national security, economic development, technology transfer, and biomedical research
Additional Experience: Before joining Lewis-Burke, Aaron gained congressional experience working as a Scheduler and Field Representative in the district office of California Congresswoman Jackie Speier and as a Policy Intern in the Washington, DC office of New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan.
Vital Statistics: Aaron graduated from Occidental College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Aaron has traveled to 26 countries (and counting) on five continents and is currently learning his third language. Having survived playing eight years of rugby and football, Aaron enjoys running and playing softball on the National Mall.